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Claribel Azcona-Barber. (Photo: County of Middesex).

Middlesex Democrats hold four countywide offices

Three commissioners win re-election, as does incumbent sheriff

By Joey Fox and David Wildstein, November 09 2022 12:59 am

The New Jersey Globe projects that Middlesex County Democrats have kept their winning streak alive, denying Republicans a countywide win for the 31st consecutive year. Sheriff Mildred Scott and County Commissioners Chanelle Scott McCullum, Charles Kenny and Claribel Azcona-Barber all scored sizable wins in their re-election bids.

As of 12:59 a.m., Scott leads Republican Brian Wojaczyk by a 57%-43% margin.

In the county commissioner race, Kenny (19.3%), Scott McCullum (19.2%) and Azcona-Barber (18.9%) lead Republicans Martin Hermann (14.3%), Joellen Arrabito (14.1%), and Gerald Shine (14.0%).

Scott, first elected in 2010, is the first Black woman to win election as a sheriff in New Jersey.  She was elected to the Middlesex County Board of freeholders in 2008 after incumbent Camille Fernicola declined to seek re-election.  After Joseph Spicuzzo retired in 2010, Scott became the Democratic nominee for sheriff.

Her daughter, Scott McCullum, a former Piscataway councilwoman, was elected county commissioner last year after the sudden death of popular incumbent Kenneth Armwood.

Kenny spent seventeen years as a Woodbridge councilman before his election as a freeholder in 2013.  Azcona-Barber, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic at age 19, was re-elected to her second term.

The election results maintain a female-majority of countywide elected officials in Middlesex.

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